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PRC (file format)

PRC (Product Representation Compact) is a 3D file format that can be used to embed 3D data in a PDF file.

This highly compressed format facilitates the storage of different representations of a 3D model. For example, you can save only a visual representation that consists of polygons (a tessellation), or you can save the model's exact geometry (B-rep data). Varying levels of compression can be applied to the 3D CAD data when it is converted to the PRC format using the 3D PDF Converter plugin for Acrobat.

The 3D data stored in PRC format in a PDF is interoperable with Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) applications.


  • June 12, 2002 TTF Showcases PRC
  • April 21, 2006 Adobe Acquires Trade and Technologies France (TTF)
  • May 24, 2010 Tech Soft 3D Reaches Agreement with Adobe to Develop Adobe 3D SDK Technology
  • Adobe transfer responsibility, for providing new 3D CAD translation technology within Acrobat, to Tetra 4D
  • In the future, PROSTEP AG is transferred responsibility for the continued development of the 3D translation technology within Adobe's LiveCycle ES platform.
  • April 11, 2011 3D PDF Consortium launch
  • December 15, 2014 PRC now published as ISO 14739-1:2014



See also

External links

  • Acrobat 3D PRC Specification (Version 8137 (latest))
  • Acrobat 3D PRC Specification (Version 7094)
  • Acrobat 3D 8 documentation correction with PRC and U3D conversion formats
  • ISO/TC171/SC2 N 570 E 3D use of product representation compact (PRC) format.
  • PRC (Product Representation Compact) Format FAQ
  • HOOPS 3D Exchange libraries from Tech Soft 3D
  • PDF3D-SDK PRC Generation library toolkit from Visual Technology Services Ltd.
  • 3D PDF Converter from tetra4D supports the import and export of PRC files from multiple formats.
  • PROSTEP PDF Generator 3D - A server-based solution used to automate the generation of 3D PDF documents with embedded PRC streams.
  • ISO 14739-1:2014 Document management--3D use of Product Representation Compact (PRC) format--Part 1: PRC 10001


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